Coast Guard and good Samaritan rescue 4 near Indian Rocks Beach

Southeastern Coast Guard News
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Four people were rescued by the Coast Guard and a good Samaritan after their 23-foot boat began taking on water 11 miles west of Indian Rocks Beach, Tuesday.

A person aboard the boat contacted Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders at 8:23 a.m., via VHF-FM radio channel 16 reporting the boat was taking on water, and the boaters were in need of assistance.

A good Samaritan, aboard the Reel Deal, arrived on scene and transferred three children to his boat while the master of the boat stayed aboard to repair and dewater the vessel.

A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Cost Guard Station Sand Key arrived on scene, assisted in dewatering the vessel, took the vessel in tow and is en route to Clearwater Marina.

No injuries were reported and the source of the flooding remains unknown pending further investigation.

“They had life jackets and contacted the Coast Guard via radio as soon as they knew there was an issue,” said Chief Petty Officer Harold Leboeuf, a search and rescue coordinator at the sector. “Their call not only alerted the Coast Guard but also a good Samaritan in the area who responded.”

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Coast Guard Station Sand Key, Fla., crewmembers dewater a 23-foot boat 11 miles west of Indian Rocks Beach, Fla., Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, after the boat began taking on water with four people aboard. The boat was towed safely to a local marina. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Trever Quenneville

Coast Guard Station Sand Key, Fla., crewmembers dewater a 23-foot boat 11 miles west of Indian Rocks Beach, Fla., Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, after the boat began taking on water with four people aboard. The boat was towed safely to a local marina. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Trever Quenneville

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